As its name suggests, this pine is a native of the Mediterranean region where it can grow into a tallish tree with a widely spreading crown. There are many examples on Fort Ord where it tends to be a smallish, more rounded tree. Needles are in bundles of two, 10–20 cm long. The cones (which take 36 months to mature) are broad and ovoid, 8–15 cm long. The bark is thick, reddish-brown with deep, broad fissures. One unusual feature of this tree is that young trees bear not just needles but also a distinct form of juvenile leaf which are bluish-green, not paired and have small, prickly bristles on their margins.
Photo of juvenile leaves reproduced by permission of David Styer